• In colder parts of the world, wintertime means layering your bed with as many covers as possible. The top layer is often the warmest and heaviest; it goes by several names, including duvet.

    Etymology and Pronunciation

    The word "duvet" comes from the French word "duvet," which means down (as in feathers). It is pronounced "do-vay."

    Literal Definition

    Merriam-Webster's defines duvet as "comforter." Princeton's WordNet defines it as "a soft quilt usually filled with the down of the eider."

    Duvet Covers

    Duvets differ from quilts in that they need to be covered. A duvet cover is similar to a pillowcase; it is made to slip over a duvet and is open on one end.


    In the U.S., some people commonly confuse duvet with duvet covers and believe that comforters can be covered with a duvet. In reality, a comforter and a duvet are similar objects.

    Fun Fact

    Duvet Lounge, located in New York City, features beds instead of tables for drinking and dining.


    Duvet, definition, Merriam Webster's Online Dictionary

    Duvet, Wordnet

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